• Certificate of Attendance: You will receive a certificate upon completion of this training program.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD): You will receive 1.0 credit hour upon completion of this program.

About this workshop

In this workshop we will discuss the importance of trust in innovation process and introduce frameworks to enhance trust in the workplace.

Innovation & Trust

How to boost innovation by building trust in your workplace.

Innovation has uncertain outcomes, and requires many relationships...traditional contracts to manage risk are increasingly replaced by trust....despite the lawyers!

"We think of trust as precious, and yet it’s the basis for almost everything we do as civilized people. Trust is the reason we’re willing to exchange our hard-earned paychecks for goods and services, pledge our lives to another person in marriage, cast a ballot for someone who will represent our interests. We rely on laws and contracts as safety nets, but even they are ultimately built on trust in the institutions that enforce them. We don’t know that justice will be served if something goes wrong, but we have enough faith in the system that we’re willing to make high-stakes deals with relative strangers.Trust is also one of the most essential forms of capital a leader has. Building trust, however, often requires thinking about leadership from a new perspective. The traditional leadership narrative is all about you: your vision and strategy; your ability to make the tough calls and rally the troops; your talents, your charisma, your heroic moments of courage and instinct. But leadership really isn’t about you. It’s about empowering other people as a result of your presence, and about making sure that the impact of your leadership continues into your absence."-HBR May 2020 Issue

In this workshop we will discuss the importance of trust in innovation process and introduce frameworks to enhance trust in the workplace.


Helen Leighton & Andrew Maxwell

Dr. Andrew Maxwell is the Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University (Toronto), where he teaches courses in Technology Entrepreneurship, Renaissance Engineering and Technology Commercialization. He has received multiple teaching awards, including Educator of the year at Lassonde (2018).

Andrew combines practical experience, (20 years in technology multinationals; co-founding four technology startups), economic development activities (founded the University of Toronto’s Exceler@tor incubator, helped seventy startups obtain seed funding) and academic excellence (teaching technology entrepreneurship at University of Waterloo, technology Commercialization at Rotman). He completed his Heizer Award Winning Ph.D. in Business Angel Decision Making at the University of Waterloo, and subsequently launched VentureStart an online course for technology entrepreneurs (funded by FedDev, and delivered by the Canadian Innovation Centre (Waterloo)). Maxwell’s work experience includes founding four technology companies and working in two technology multinationals. He has an MBA from the London Business School and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London.

Helen Leighton is a highly experienced HR and business leader, leadership and organizational development professional, collaborative and strategic partner, and executive coach. Known for developing and implementing practical solutions that yield improved results, she is a trusted advisor able to work with senior leaders through building high-trust and productive relationships across organizations, functions, and levels.

She has a proven ability to step into different situations and environments, swiftly establish credibility and trust, determine objectives, assess requirements, and deliver value to individuals, teams and organizations.